Chutkan Invokes 9/11 To Justify Trump Court Date Decision

In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Americans of all political persuasions came together and collectively vowed to “never forget” the devastating loss of thousands of lives at the hands of crazed Islamic terrorists.

Nearly 22 years later, however, the true scope of that day appears to have faded in the memory of even those who are old enough to recall it. U.S. Judge Tanya S. Chutkan, for example, recently compared the Jan. 6, 2021, protest on Capitol Hill, which only directly resulted in the death of a protester shot and killed by a police officer, to the monumental tragedy inflicted upon the nation on 9/11.

The kicker, of course, is that she is presiding over the federal indictment of former President Donald Trump, who is set to appear before her next year to face charges related to the Jan. 6 protest.

In fact, Chutkan’s remarks comparing Jan. 6 to 9/11 — and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing — came as she revealed the March 4 court date. Specifically, she used the two terrorist attacks to justify denying a request by Trump’s legal team to delay the start of the trial in order to better prepare for the complex case.

“The trial will start three years, one month, and 27 days after the events of January 6, 2021,” she declared. “The trial involving the Boston Marathon bombing began less than two years after the events. The trial involving Zacarias Moussaoui for his role in the September 11 attacks was set to begin one year after the attacks, but due to continuances, appeals, and voluminous discovery, it began roughly four years later.”

Not only did she reject a request to allow defense attorneys to review millions of documents related to the charges, but she also chose a starting date that many critics saw as a deliberate effort to impede Trump’s ongoing 2024 presidential campaign.

March 4 is just one day before the pivotal primary election date known as Super Tuesday.

The judge, who was nominated by then-President Barack Obama and contributed to his campaign, has previously faced allegations of impartiality based on her work history and statements made to other Jan. 6 defendants.

In one such case last year, she made an apparent reference to Trump from the bench, suggesting that he deserved to be behind bars.

“I see the footage of the flags and the signs that people were carrying and the hats they were wearing and the garb, and the people who mobbed that Capitol were there in fealty, in loyalty, to one man — not to the Constitution,” Chutkan said, adding: “It’s a blind loyalty to one person who, by the way, remains free to this day.”

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